On Tuesday, the High Court in Mombasa granted a temporary injunction restraining the County Government of Mombasa from arresting, intimidating, threatening, or interfering with Kenya Power employees or agents engaged in the company’s business operations of distribution, retail, and supply of electric energy and way leave maintenance.
Kenya Power forced to perform way leave maintenance
The state-owned utility said that the county government had forcefully stopped the company from way leave maintenance around Nyali area.
“The power distributor was carrying out a massive network maintenance by cutting down vegetation, which had grown to the extent of interfering with reliability of power supply, in the coast region. Way leave maintenance includes lopping of trees and hedges, clearing bushes, and cutting down trees touching electricity supply lines,” the utility said in a company statement.
[quote]Last month, the power company announced that it will embark on a transformer rollout as part of the company’s strategy to tackle energy supply challenges that this region has recently been experiencing.
Part of this plan was to ensure that power lines are clear of trees and branches, replacing broken insulators, jumper rehabilitation and reconductoring high and medium voltage lines.
During the maintenance procedure, the County government started clamping Kenya Power vehicles and harassing its staff, the power company said.
On Monday, May 30, Kenya Power filed a notice of motion under Civil Procedures Rules and the Energy Act (2006) against the County government of Mombasa.
With the ruling the utility company intends to remove all the vegetation encroaching the network not only in Mombasa but across the country.
The company will install 20 new transformers in the North Coast by the end of June with efforts to stabilise electricity supply in the area and address frequent outages, the company said in a statement.